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Patriots running back Stevan Ridley: 'I have something to prove'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is expected to become a free agent in the coming weeks and he is ready for the experience.

"I'm excited about it," Ridley told Sirius XM Radio Friday. "As a player coming into the league, you get there and your first contract you kind of have to establish yourself and see what you can do. Everybody is a good player if you get to make it to the NFL, but there is something to be said if you get to that second contract."

Ridley has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns in his first four seasons in the league with the Patriots.

"Where I'll be playing, and who I'll be playing for, is still unknown, but I know I've come in and done my job up to this point and now I have to put it in my agent's hands to get me on another team, or stay where I'm at, and make sure I’m in pads playing ball somewhere next year. I know if you think about it too much it will worry you sick."

Ridley has played in 20 of a possible 32 games the last two seasons, starting in just 11 of them.

"I take it personal to any team or anybody that says I can't be a very productive player on whatever team I land on," he said. "I've been playing ball my whole life, I'm going to come in and be a leader, and I'm going to be a guy that comes in and busts his butt in the weight room and busts his butt on the field. I'm a good teammate, I have fun with my guys, but when the lights come on Sundays, it's all business and I plan on going out there and making plays."

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Patriots running back Stevan Ridley ahead of schedule in rehab
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is currently ahead of schedule in rehabbing his ACL tear and is hoping to be ready for action by May, according to the Boston Globe.

Ridley, who is set to become a free agent in March, tore his ACL in October and finished with 340 yards on 94 attempts with two touchdowns in six games. 

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Shane Vereen a better choice than Jonas Gray
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

By giving the previously unknown Jonas Gray 17 carries for 86 yards Week 8 against Chicago, the Patriots revealed that they'll stick with a two-man backfield even with preferred rusher Stevan Ridley out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL.

But Week 9 against Denver might be a better matchup for preferred receiver Shane Vereen, who also thrived in Week 7 against the Jets. The Broncos, like the Jets, have done a good job stopping the run this season. They rank No. 1, in fact, allowing 72.4 yards per game.

Plus, the Patriots will most likely have to throw more than usual just to keep up with the league's highest-scoring team. These days, a team's only real choice against Peyton Manning is to beat him at his own game.

So most likely, Gray will spend much of Week 9 on the sidelines while Vereen spends much of it in the backfield. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Vereen among their top 20 running backs for this week.

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Patriots address decision to add RB Jonas Gray to active roster
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the decision to promote running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad and the opportunity that he'll get moving forward with Stevan Ridley out for the remainder of the season, per ESPN.

Gray was added to the live rosters hours before Week 7 against the Jets and emerged as the team's second option behind Shane Vereen on Thursday night. He rushed for 12 yards on three carries.

"I think Jonas has been solid for us all the way through preseason," Belichick said. "He's done a good job in practice and got an opportunity last night -- not a lot of opportunities -- but he had some blitz pickup opportunities and a few carries. He works hard and he's a tough kid, a bigger back obviously -- more in the Ridley size range."

Belichick would not indicate whether Gray would be used as the team's second option in the ground game moving forward.

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Patriots place Stevan Ridley on IR
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Patriots have placed running back Stevan Ridley on IR, according to ESPN. 

Ridley will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL and MCL. The team has already promoted running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad in order to replace Ridley. Ridley is set to become a free agent following the season.

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2012New England Patriots161229012634.44112682
2013New England Patriots1461787734.3297339
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2014New England Patriots654205.070000
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Defensive Stats
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